first_img You can still find Altoids on most supermarket shelves: Take your pick of peppermint, wintergreen, spearmint, and cinnamon. The curiously strong mints, however, have never been flavored with Raspberry Pi—until now.Developer Matt Wagner has built an almost entirely self-contained processor inside a 1.76-ounce mint tin.“The idea of having a computer in an Altoids tin came to me back … in early 2012, shortly after the original Raspberry Pi came out,” the creator wrote in a blog post. “With the release of the Pi Zero, this became a possibility.”The recreational inventor actually built two versions of the machine—the first with an infrared camera, which was discarded to make room for a rechargeable 2,500mAh battery in the final model.Follow Wagner’s step-by-step guide online to build your own quirky computer, complete with a 2-inch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 32GB of storage, and a full-size USB port. The thin battery, situated under the Pi in the case, promises six to eight hours of use.Half the size of the Model A+, the Raspberry Pi Zero features a reduced input/output and general-purpose input/output capabilities but costs only $5.“The Pi also has a micro HDMI port, so if you do need/want to hook it up to a larger screen, you can,” Wagner wrote.“Enjoy, and find cool uses for it,” he added, encouraging tinkerers to use the “PiMiniMint” as a base for other projects, and “feel free to email me about it.”Since their US launch in 1918, Altoids’ distinctive cases have been recycled for various purposes (I used them to store Polaroid i-Zone instant photos in middle school).Some electronics makers have taken the tins into consideration when building new products: Texas Instruments’ BeagleBone single board computer’s rounded corners deliberately fit into the pocket-sized box. And the RCA 1802-based Membership Card microcomputer kit is tailor-made for an Altoids container.The CMoy pocket headphone amplifier, meanwhile, can be assembled in the 200-year-old packaging. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img